Grant Park High School Named an Illinois Honor Roll School

May 27th, 2014

The Grant Park School District #6 Board of Education and administration would like to congratulate the high school staff and students on earning a very prestigious award from the Illinois State Board of Education. The rigorous standards used to qualify for an Illinois Honor Roll School include demonstrating improvement by at least 7.5 points in state test scores in both reading and mathematics, showing in improvement of at least 15 points in state test scores in both reading and mathematics between 2011 and 2013, and showing an upward trend in state test results. The last two testing periods have shown great gains in student achievement levels, as Grant Park School District #6 has ranked in the top percentile of overall results compared to other schools. This includes elementary, middle school, and high school students who are administered the required state assessments.
State Superintendent of Illinois, Dr. Christopher Koch, notified district officials of the designation and stated, “We encourage you to celebrate your success and share the good news with students, parents, and all community members. I extend my congratulations to your faculty and families for this accomplishment.” The State Board of Education acknowledges less than 7% of Illinois schools with the Honor Roll distinction.
Dr. John Palan, Superintendent of Schools, noted, “This truly is one of the most prestigious awards that can be bestowed on a school district. Although we will always strive to improve, being named an Illinois Honor Roll School is a phenomenal achievement that recognizes the hard work of our student body, faculty, parents, and building principal. I, along with our Board of Education, could not be more proud of this academic award. It is a great example of the GP Way!”
Mr. Tom Sanidas, who has been high school principal since 2011, stated, “I want to commend the entire Grant Park Family: faculty, staff, student body, parents, guardians, and the Board of Education on this prestigious award. I could not be prouder to be a Dragon.” Congratulations to GP High School for being named an Illinois Honor Roll School for demonstrating academic excellence and improvement. A banner signifying this achievement was unveiled at the High School graduation ceremony on Friday, May 23rd, 2014.

Emergency Grant Awarded To Grant Park #6

May 15th, 2014

More great news….. Grant Park School District #6 has been awarded a $14,000 grant to improve the overall safety of Grant Park High School. The competitive grant, which was written in the Spring, requested funds to build an additional corridor at the main high school entrance. With this corridor in place, visitors will be required to both “buzz” in for entrance and report to the high school office. Dr. John Palan, Superintendent of Grant Park Schools added, “We were elated that our school district was chosen as a recipient of this competitive grant. The addition of this corridor will provide yet another layer of safety for our students and staff. During a recent internal safety audit, it was a concern that individuals could be allowed entrance into our building without checking in at the front office. This project is long overdue and the fact that the grant will cover the clear majority of the costs is a bonus.”
It is anticipated that the project will be completed during the summer months. However, final permission still must be granted by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

Electronic Recycling Event

May 5th, 2014

Do you have old consumer electronics laying around and taking up space? An opportunity to clear out some of that equipment will be held in the Grant Park High School parking lot on Saturday May 10th from 8 am to 12 pm. The event is a cooperating effort between the Grant Park Boys Golf Team and Grant Park CUSD #6. There is free disposal for all acceptable electronics.

Any and all proceeds that are earned from this event will be evenly divided between the Boys Golf Team and the Fitness Center fund.

Acceptable/Unacceptable Items List

If you see something not on the list and unsure if it can be recycled at the event, please contact Andy Dillman at

Reminder: Illinois State law prohibits the disposal of most electronics into landfills.